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Sahara: Security Council Extends MINURSO Mandate, Reaffirms Preeminence of Autonomy Plan

The UN Security Council extended, on Friday, the mandate of MINURSO for one year until April 30, 2017, and reaffirmed the preeminence of the Morocco-proposed autonomy initiative in the Sahara, describing as “serious and credible” Morocco’s efforts to push forward the process to solve the Sahara conflict. In its resolution n°2285, adopted by the majority […]

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Morocco-Qatar, a Shared Resolve to Bolster a Strategic partnership

Morocco and Qatar, bound by a long-lasting friendship, are both resolved to bolster their strategic partnership and enhance their mutually beneficial cooperation. This shared resolve was renewed by King Mohammed VI and Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al –Thani at a meeting they held Thursday in Doha, shortly after the Moroccan King’s arrival on a […]

April 29th, 2016 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Libya: GNA for Unified Military Assault on IS

The Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Presidency Council (PC) have called on military groups in Libya to halt any planned actions on the Islamic State (IS) in Sirte until a unified front is formed. The PC describing itself as “the supreme commander of the army” demanded that “all Libyan military forces wait for […]

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Qatar, Turkey have Twinned Security and Stability, PM Davutoglu

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said during his visit Thursday to Doha that the deployment of Turkish troops to the military base in Qatar, the country’s first in the Middle East, “was not directed at against any nation” but it is rather a move that would help to “counter threats to both countries.” Expressing the […]

April 29th, 2016 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Palestine: Erekat Slams Netanyahu for Rejecting French Peace Initiative

The PLO Executive Committee Chairman Saeb Erekat reacted to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statement against the French peace initiative saying that the rejection of the International Conference is “a ratification of the Israeli government’s decision to continue on with their crimes and offenses.” Netanyahu said on Thursday that “direct bilateral negotiations” without any precondition or initiative […]

April 29th, 2016 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Syria: Rival Warring Parties have Similarities, Differences after talks, UN envoy

The Syrian talks in Geneva that had been ongoing for two weeks ended with the UN special Envoy Staffan de Mistura releasing a seven-page document highlighting that although the rival parties have common grounds, there continues to be differences in the matters related to a political transitional government. He hinted that such a government could […]

April 28th, 2016 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Iran: Official Condemnation of US Supreme Court Ruling

1Iran summoned Switzerland’s ambassador, Gulio Haas, to protest against a US court ruling that allows the freezing of $2 billion of Iranian assets in the US for compensation purposes for terrorism. Switzerland represents US interests in Iran since diplomatic ties broke between Tehran and Washington. Iranian Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that if the […]

April 27th, 2016 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

IMF Nods to Bahrain’s Reform Efforts

35The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has welcomed the economic and financial reforms undertaken by Bahrain to battle fiscal and external imbalances. The Executive Directors of the IMF signaled that the low global oil prices have “adversely affected” the country’s economy but hailed the reforms implemented “to safeguard macroeconomic stability.” Bahrain’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) slowed […]

April 27th, 2016 | Posted in Finance,Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Middle East: UNSC Rejects Israel’s Seizure of Golan Heights

Members of the UN Security Council Tuesday largely rejected Israel’s decision to seize forever the Golan Heights belonging to Syria, a move that the UNSC fears can sabotage Syrian peace talks. The 15 members of the UN Security Council, chaired this month by China, have voiced their concerns indicating that the Israeli move violates international […]

April 27th, 2016 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Bilateral Relations, Topical Arab Issues at Center of Moroccan-Bahraini Summit Talks

King Mohammed VI of Morocco held talks Monday with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain shortly after arriving in the Gulf country on a brotherly and working visit. The two leaders reviewed their countries’ long-standing historic relations and ways to further expand their cooperation and reviewed the developments in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen […]

April 26th, 2016 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »